2018: Term 1 Week 6

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Principal’s Message

Welcome to Week 6 of school.

Today we have successfully completed our Leadership Assembly with special guest Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite MP.

Leadership development is highly valued at South Coogee Public School. Learning to be a leader through student leadership programs is one way to participate, however there are many ways for learners to get involved and be part of having a voice here at the school.

The principles of effective leadership include:

  • recognising learners have real perspectives and opinions on issues that matter: in the classroom, in the school, and in the community
  • giving learners an active role in influencing decisions about these issues as well as in the implementation of these decisions
  • enabling them to participate as active and thoughtful global citizens

At South Coogee Public School we are building future focused individuals who are capable members of the community. These individuals think critically to solve problems, communicate using understanding and sharing ideas, collaborate with their peers and are creators of high quality work.

Leaders are given opportunities to develop their leadership skills through many school opportunities and were acknowledged today during the assembly.

Many of our Learner Qualities support our leadership roles at the school:

    • To be Self-aware of your actions, thoughts, strengths and weaknesses
    • Think – to have an idea, opinion or belief about something
    • To Collaborate – working with others to help with your learning


At SCPS we have various opportunities for leadership. Our leadership team is made up of School and Vice-captains, Year 6 leaders, house and vice-captains, Techsperts, Library monitors, Eco warriors and roles extended to the members of the Student Representative Council. These roles are a privilege and we are confident our learners can step up to the challenge.



As part of community consultation in building our new school plan for 2018-2020, together with engaging our strategic focus of Cohesive Community, we will be holding a parent forum on Saturday 10th March, 2018 at 9 – 11am.

Our focus question will be: “In the context of a rapidly changing world and the complex nature of workplaces in the future; what are the skills our children and community will need that will define our vision for South Coogee PS.”

We are looking forward to the opportunity of having discussions with you to further build our strong partnerships and open communication in order to engage all school members in a safe, challenging and supportive learning environment together. We will briefly look at our celebrations of how exceptionally successful the school has been already from the last School Plan to our Next steps for 2018-2020. Please make yourself available to attend as we would greatly appreciate your opinions, thoughts and ideas.


Trish Fisher

Deputy Principal’s Message

Tell them From Me Student Surveys

In Term 1 2018, our school is taking part in the Tell Them From Me student survey. The survey will provide us with valuable feedback on what our students think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help them improve. The survey is completed on-line and is run by an independent research company, The Learning Bar, which specialises in school-based surveys. More information about this survey and how it is used as well as consent forms went home today with all students in Years 4-6.

Parent-Teacher Interview Bookings

Notes went home last week with all students outlining the online booking process for parent teacher interviews.

If you have not already booked your interview times, you can do so by following these steps:

Step 1: Visit the following site: https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/

Step 2: Click on the make a booking button at the top of the page.

Step 3: Kindergarten to Year 4 Event Code: qzpcv

         Years 5 & 6 Event Code: qzed8

Step 4: Follow the prompts and select your interview time.

Bookings will close at 7pm on Thursday 29 March.

Class of the Week – 1J                                       

What an incredible start to the year it has been for 1J! The students have settled well into their new class and are well underway on our learning journey.

Last week we read the book ‘We’re All Wonders’ by R.J. Palacio which teaches us to accept others for who they are and to be kind. We discovered that in fact all of us are a wonder!

We wrote a few sentences about what makes us unique, and simply a wonder. Then we placed a photo of our faces in a protective and colourful astronaut helmet, just like the main character, Auggie Pullman, in the book. Take a peek below to see what makes some of 1J’s students a wonder…

Library News

2018 is set to be a great year for the library.

I am excited to be taking on the role as librarian and have many plans to improve and rejuvenate our school library.

Of course I cannot do it alone. I’m looking forward to working closely with the parent community to accomplish great things over the next few years.

Some ways you can assist either at school or at home are:

  • covering new books with contact (at home)
  • labelling books with their Lexile levels (at school)
  • repairing damaged books (at home)
  • helping with the Book Fair (at school)

I will be hosting a Library Helpers Afternoon & Evening on Thursday 24th May (Term 2, week 4) from 1-3pm and 5.30-7.30pm. We will meet in the library. If you can come along for some of the time, to help with book covering, repairing and labelling, please complete the form below. Please keep in mind that this event will be for adults only.

If you are unable to attend on this date but would like to assist in some way this year, please provide your details below and I will be in contact soon.

Donating Books– I will be starting a reward/prize program where students will have the opportunity to choose a pre-loved book to keep. Do you have any picture books and novels that are in good condition, which you no longer need or want? Please send them in to the library.

Overdue Loans– Please search for any library books that you may have at home. We have many overdue books which makes it difficult to improve the library and maintain up-to-date records.


Susy Leal

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming up soon! It will be held from Monday 12th to Friday 16th of March in the School Library, and open before and after school.

Opening times are 8.30 – 9.30am (Tue-Fri) & 2.45 – 3.30pm (Mon-Fri).

The Book Fair is a great opportunity to support the teaching and learning at South Coogee Public School with part of the proceeds coming back to the school to help with the purchase of new resources.

And, as always, there’ll be lots of great books to choose from! See you at the library!!

The Library Team

An Interview with the 2018 SCPS DSTA, Alison Larwill

What is your favourite book?

I really like to read lots of different books but I especially like the classics such as books written by the Bronte sisters, Jane Eyre for example, and those sorts of books.

What got you into being the DSTA?

I am married to someone in the defence force and have moved around as a defence spouse and I am also the  mother of two children, a boy and a girl.  I thought that moving my children was a really difficult thing to do and I would like to help other children who have to do the same sort of thing.

Do you have any family members that were in World War One or Two?

Yes my Grandfather was in the army in World War One and was killed in action in New Guinea.

What is your favourite cake?

I like most cakes but I really like cheesecake!

What is your favourite saying? 

I have different favourite sayings at different times but at the moment it is

If you can be anything
Be brave
Be strong
Be you.

If you had to be in the defence force would you be in the army, the navy or the air force?

I think I would like to be in the Air Force and would like to know how to fly.

 ANZAC Day 2018

Anzac Day will be celebrated at SCPS in Term 2 this year.  On Wednesday 2nd May (second day back at school) we will be having an Anzac Day commemorative service in the school hall at 10am.

Parents and friends are very welcome to attend this event.  Military members are invited to attend, in uniform if they wish.  In previous years we have had a slide show of family members of our defence children and the wider school community who have links to defence.  Would you like to provide a photo that you are willing to have displayed at the Anzac day service?  The children in previous years have loved to see themselves and their mum / dad / grandfather / grandmother / uncle / aunt / brother / sister up on the big screen, and are very proud to have their family member recognised as being an important part of our defence force.  If you would like to share a photo, please send it to me with a brief explanation, at alison.larwill@det.nsw.edu.au or send it into school on a USB.


Selective High School Placement Test

The selective High School Placement Test will be held on 15 March 2018 from 9.00am to 1.30pm.

Unless parents have made special arrangements with the High Performing Students Unit to attend an individually allocated test centre, candidates from this school have been sent to:

South Sydney High School
Paine St

Go to https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7/the-test to find:

  • Test centre allocations by public school.
  • A map of test centre addresses under the heading ‘The test’.
  • The bulletin, Test information for parents and students. The bulletin contains very important information about the test and should be read carefully.

Mrs Marina Alexiou

Assistant Principal Stage 3

Sports News

PSSA Round 2 Results


Seniors: Won 12-5 vs Malabar Public School

Player of the match: Sienna T

Juniors: Won 18-16 vs Malabar Public School

Player of the match: Jordi H

Miss Mitsoulis

Paul Kelly Cup

On Tuesday 6th of March, four teams represented our school in the Paul Kelly Cup AFL knockout. Both our Senior Girls Teams and Senior Boys Teams had a great day, each braving the heat and playing three games.

Our Senior Boys team A Team were undefeated on the day with outstanding kicking skills, we will be awaiting results for a hopeful progression into the Zone Knockout competition. The Senior Boys B Team won their second game with a good result, unfortunately losing their other games in a close outcome. They displayed strong attacking skills and a consistent driven approach which kept them in the game throughout each match. Congratulations to both the boys teams whose’ team work and sportsmanship were exemplary.

The senior girls A team were also undefeated on the day, scoring a massive 111 points throughout the day and all three opponents having zero points scored against them. Some great team work and consistent strong defence ensured that the ball stayed in the attacking third for most of the games, ensuring a strong win, making South Coogee Senior A Girls team undeniable winners on the day. The Senior Girls B Team started and ended strong with a win against Pagewood Public School and Balmain Public, the girls were fantastic with the majority having no prior experience playing AFL. Their enthusiasm and continued efforts made for a fantastic day, with plenty of new skills learnt and points scored. Congratulations to both the girl’s teams and good luck to the A’s as they progress to the Zone Knockouts.

A big thank you to Miss Aynie for helping the boys teams, and the parents and families who came along to support the students both on and off the field.

It was an awesome day and we could not be prouder to be a part of the South Coogee Public School community.

Lara Richardson